Volunteer living space completed

Long-term Mount St. Scholastica volunteers have a space to call home, thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers and sisters.

St. Ann front doorSeveral years ago, the community decided that the St. Ann residence hall, with its eight bedrooms, kitchenette, living room and porch, would serve as living space for volunteers who come for extended stays ranging from a weekend to several months to a year.

The sisters who lived in the house – Sisters Connie Krstolic, Sharon Murray and Dorothy Wolter – graciously agreed to move to other living spaces so work could begin, and in the fall of 2015, sisters, students, oblates and other volunteers began preparing the building for its new use. Sisters Elaine Fischer and Rosann Eckart directed the effort. Once the rooms were ready for decorating, Sister Loretta McGuire led the effort to furnish the two-story brick house, which is located on the monastery’s west driveway, just south of the Bethany guest quarters.

Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, comfortable chair for reading or meditation, and a sink. The kitchenette includes a refrigerator and microwave for snacks and simple meals (long-term volunteers eat meals with the community); and the living room and covered porch provide volunteers with space for getting to know each other. Each floor also has a shared bathroom.

The house was built in the 1920s and initially served as living space for monastery workers. Later, it became a dorm for girls, and then was home to sisters who taught in Atchison Catholic schools, before becoming quarters for one of the Mount’s living groups. 

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Mount St. Scholastica welcomes volunteers for overnight or extended stays, as well as those who help for a few hours. Contact Sister Loretta McGuire to learn more about volunteer opportunities.